Out From Under the Shadows
Romans 8:1 teaches, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” That is telling us we don’t have to live in the shadows of our past. You don’t have to live under condemnation for things that you have done to others, nor do you have to live with hurtful memories from the past that others have brought upon you. It doesn’t matter how much you have suffered. Today is a new day! Jesus can make all things new – if you let Him. Your life can be fresh and fulfilling, free from that which has been so damaging.
Excitement in the Now
I find life very exciting. I am more excited right now than I have ever been. More souls are coming to Christ than ever before. And I am so thrilled!
The future is before me. It’s before you. I want to love people and win souls until the day God takes me home to heaven. What somebody says or does doesn’t really matter. What matters is to be right with God, and to have a clean conscience before Him. The now is important.
David said it this way: “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings (Psalm 40:2)” He goes on to say, And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord (Psalm 40:3). “
Joseph could just as well have said those words. Peter or Paul could have as well. I can say them. Can you say them?
Upon his deliverance, David said that God put a new song in his mouth (vs. 3a). What was that new song? Even praise unto our God (vs. 3b). The result of that, David said, was that many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord (vs. 3c).
There would be confident reliance on the Lord as a result of the change in his life. He would experience great joy. the change in David would affect others positively by turning them to the Lord.
That can happen to you, Then, when you think of the past, you can joyfully say, “The Lord delivered me from hurtful memories and the pit of despair. He is steadying me now as I walk along.” And many will stand in awe and put their trust in Him. The promise is, Many blessings are given to those who trust the Lord…(vs 4, TLB).
Romans 14:17 says, For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” The kingdom of God is peace and joy. Go get it!
(by Dr. Lester Sumrall, Healing of Memories, LeSea Publishing, Inc. 1991, 2012.)